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Early Learning Indiana and Christel House Indianapolis announce new Day Early Learning at Manual

$38,000 needed to secure $1 million match goal

INDIANAPOLIS (July 27, 2021) — Early Learning Indiana and Christel House Indianapolis are teaming up to create a new early childhood education center — Day Early Learning at Manual — on the south side of Indianapolis.

“Quality, licensed early care and education is one of the greatest unmet needs of south side Indianapolis families,” says Maureen Weber, president and CEO, Early Learning Indiana. “A new center at Manual will add 80 new high-quality child care seats for infants to 5-year-olds.”

Building upon the $5.5 million Christel House has invested into turning the previous Emmerich Manual High School facility into a community-serving campus for traditional K-12 students and adults seeking a high school diploma, the ambitious $2 million early childhood education center construction plan will require extensive renovation to convert office space at Manual into rooms appropriate for infants, toddlers and pre-K students. United Way of Central Indiana has committed to making a $1 million match for the capital project.

“To receive the match, we must raise $1 million by Aug. 30, 2021,” says Weber. “It’s a big goal, but we are confident the community will support this important need. We’re seeking private support to secure the remaining $38,000 needed to meet the match requirement.”  

“Quality early childhood education makes a positive impact on everything from children’s future learning to family self-sufficiency and breaking the cycle of poverty,” according to Dr. Sarah Weimer, executive director, Christel House Indianapolis. “We’re turning Manual into a community-serving campus. The new Day Early Learning center offers a crucial opportunity to ensure Indianapolis’ most vulnerable residents get a great start in life.”

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About Early Learning Indiana
Early Learning Indiana is Indiana’s oldest and largest early childhood education nonprofit, providing leadership, advocacy and early childhood education services to continually improve the early learning landscape in Indiana. Today, Early Learning Indiana operates eight high-quality Day Early Learning centers, a network of premier community-based lab schools used to advance the science of early learning, train the next generation of teachers and leaders, and instill essential skills in the children we serve. Through regional and statewide programs, the organization enables early learning providers to build capacity, transform operations and improve learning outcomes. Learn more at

About Christel House Indianapolis

Christel House Indianapolis is a network of charter schools supported by Christel House International. Christel House Academy South opened in 2002 and was Indiana’s first charter school to receive the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform’s designation as a “School to Watch” and was recognized nationally as one of 10 MetLife Foundation–NASSP “Breakthrough Schools.” For more information, please visit

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